Robert Travis was longtime Mobridge businessman
Robert E. Travis, 90, of Watertown, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.
Robert was born on July 22, 1923, in Mobridge, the son of Floyd and Opal (Earenfight) Travis.
He married Blanche Moell in 1945 and later married Linda Wendt in 1968.
Robert was an entrepreneur of many businesses, including: Travis Food Market, Piggly Wiggly, SuperValu, Ford dealership, Embers Fireside Restaurant, Sun Den Sales and several hotels and theater businesses. He was the business manager for Northwest Lutheran Academy and the Food Service Director at MLPS in Prairie du Chien, Wis.
He was an active member in many WELS Lutheran churches, the last being Bethany Lutheran Church in Hustisford, Wis. His community involvement included being a faithful, active member of Rotary International for more than 50 years, especially enjoying the foreign exchange student program. He participated in Toastmasters and was involved in the Jaycees in Mobridge and both local and state level positions.
His hobbies included reading, photography, music and going to live theater, as well as being a movie buff. The past 10 years of his life he enjoyed owning and riding a Segway, and spending as much time as possible with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Travis of Watertown; six children, Barbara Keller of Trail City, Thomas (Doreen) Travis of Stevensville, Mont., Janet (Aub) Kirkland of Helena, Mont., Jacqueline (Bob) Hanson of Mobridge, Steve Travis of Wauwatosa, Wis., and Elizabeth (Derick) Russell of Forest Park, Ill.; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; brother, Floyd “Jerry” (Rosalie) Travis of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Blanche; son, Bobby; sister, Helen; brother, Dick; grandson, Joe Keller; granddaughter, Stephanie Van Dike; and son-in-law, Joey Keller.
Memorials may be made to Rotary International or Bethany Early Learning Center.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Hustisford.
Burial will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home of Watertown is caring for the family.
Please visit www.pn-fh.com to place an online condolence or to light a candle in Bob’s memory.